Mount Kenya University (MKU), in partnership with Institute of Capacity Building and Nation Media, is set to host the National Water Summit on October 9-10, 2014, in Turkana County. Other partners include the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, County Government of Turkana, UNESCO, Equip Africa Institute and Kenya Water Institute.
The summit, going under the theme “Water for Socio-Economic Development” aims at coming up with strategies in harnessing groundwater in Turkana county.
The summit will bring together key players in the global water sector to discuss sustainable groundwater development and management in vulnerable areas. It will also seek to come up with strategies and policy recommendations for the local community in the exploitation and management of water resources.
Mount Kenya is the only university with a campus in Turkana County making it the lead organiser of the summit. The campus seeks to empower the local community through knowledge to enable them harness the natural resources in their habitat.
Turkana is the chosen location due to a series of droughts and water shortages in the County. MKU seeks to establish a water institute that will spearhead research in this vital sector. The institute will train, research and give capacity to people in the water management sector.
Last year, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme held a high-level meeting on water security and co-operation in Nairobi. MKU’s summit is an extension of this. In 2013, scientists discovered huge aquifers in Turkana County.